Alan Butler, Library assistant pictured with Nuala Roche and Margo McGrath, Branch manager
Nuala Roche - poet,
With a background in IT and film production Nuala took on her role in Barnstorm with gusto and made a significant contribution to the company during her time there.
“Theatre production was new to me when I started working at Barnstorm in 2010. I had come from film post production and Multimedia Project Management but through six years at Barnstorm I learned so much about
“It was a privilege to watch the plays evolve from the research stage through first drafts of the scripts; read-throughs with actors; rehearsals and then sitting in at performances with schools and families. When you can watch a play 30 to 40 times and still enjoy it and learn from it, well that’s a testament to the quality of the work created at Barnstorm,” she said.
Nuala was an integral part of the team at Barnstorm and was involved in the celebrations and
During her time at Barnstorm Nuala managed the Audience Development Project which surveyed 1,000 primary schools about their arts experiences, held teacher focus groups and offered ‘Theatre Taster’ performances to schools who had never attended a Barnstorm play before.
In 2016 Nuala won First Prize in Poetry at Dromineer Literary Festival and was Highly Commended in the Patrick Kavanagh competition (First Unpublished Collection). Her collection then received an Artlinks Literature Bursary towards the publication which will be launched in August.
In 2017 she was a recipient of an Arts Act award towards presenting new writing, a one-act
“Bridie developed from an idea and notes that I made in 2001. Ideas take
Following the AKA
Nuala is now doing development work with the Arts Office’s Rhyme Rag to establish the Rhyme Rag Young Ensemble writers’ group.
“This project is close to my heart because it was a workshop